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forged vs cast

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by michael88, Feb 14, 2010.

  1. michael88

    michael88

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    so I was readin in a ria 1911 thread, and someone commented on the ria being cast. What's the difference and does it really matter?
     
  2. JohnH

    JohnH Millennium Member

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    I don't think it matters. Most modern castings are very strong. I believe Ruger Revolvers, which are very strong, are cast, not forged. I remember reading somewhere that 1911 frames are drop-forged, not truly forged in the literal sense.
     

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    Browning switched from forged to cast when they made the .40 HP.

    I think it depends on how much effort the maker puts into it more than anything.
     
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    Casting, done properly, is fine. Poorly cast metals can have voids, structural weaknesses, and imperfections.

    Hammer forging eliminates voids and aligns the structure of the metal.

    A comparable dimensioned forging is stronger than casting.
     
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    Nestor Lean & Mean

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    That's why I love Norinco's products.
    Good, ol' way.